Gerbi’s Worlds medal hopes dashed in quarterfinals

Yarden Gerbi’s quest to become the first Israeli to win three medals at the World Judo Championships ended in disappointment on Thursday when she suffered heartbreaking defeats in the semifinals and the battle for the bronze medal in the women’s under-63 kilogram competition in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Gerbi was the first Israeli to be crowned world champion two years ago and followed it up by claiming a silver medal last year, joining Yael Arad (1991 – bronze, 1993 – silver) as the only Israelis to win multiple medals at the event.

Only six Israelis have ever scaled the podium at the Worlds, with Golan Pollack becoming the latest on Tuesday, joining Gerbi, Arad, Oren Smadja (1995 – silver), Arik Ze’evi (2001 – silver) and Alice Schlesinger (2009 – bronze).


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